Murder charges filed vs. suspects in Basilan bombing

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 10) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said murder cases were filed against suspects in the car bomb blast in Lamitan, Basilan that killed 10 people in July.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said Monday 18 suspects behind the attack were charged with two separate cases of murder and multiple frustrated murder in the Regional Trial Court Branch Two of Isabela City.

Eight of the suspects are now in police custody while ten remain at large and are the subject of manhunt operations, Albayalde added.

Police also said the group behind the attack was led by Furuji Indama, a top leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group. Indama's group is known for conducting kidnappings and other terroristic activities in the past.

The blast near the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit detachment in Sitio Maganda in Lamitan on July 31 killed one soldier, four government militiamen, four relatives of CAFGU members, and the van driver. Six scout rangers and one CAFGU member were wounded.

READ: Military suspects Abu Sayyaf behind blast that killed 10 people in Basilan